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Gina Sicilia

To be sure, Philadelphia-based vocalist and songwriter Gina Sicilia has come a long way in a relatively short time in the blues world. This is not to say that she's some new up-and-comer, either, as this woman in her mid-twenties has been actively singing the blues and writing her own songs since she was an adolescent.

Exposed to blues and roots music by her parents, Sicilia began writing her own songs as a 12-year-old. By the time she was 16, she would have some of the songs that would be included on her debut album. She graduated in 2007 from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in journalism. It was during her sophomore year in college that she began attending the weekly blues jams at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia. She cut her teeth there and began to learn and develop as she associated with blues veterans, some of whom would help her record her first few demo discs. When her debut album, Allow Me to Confess, was released in 2007, the critical reaction was positive. She was talked about as an important new voice in the blues with a maturity far beyond her years, evident in her choice of covers, where she interpreted oft-overlooked rhythm & blues classics. In the spring of 2008, her album was nominated for "Best New Artist Debut" at the W.C. Handy/Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

Her second release, Hey Sugar, let fans know that while she was only in her early twenties, she could also tackle alternative country and Americana tunes with virtuosity and aplomb. Her third release is the powerful Can't Control Myself, released on March 1, 2011, just days before her 26th birthday. Sicilia widens her stylistic palette even more with this disc, fusing classic blues, classic R&B, soul, and Americana tunes into a cohesive whole. She includes three covers made famous by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Stevie Wonder, and Ike & Tina Turner. Her third album was recorded and engineered by her VizzTone labelmate, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Dave Gross, at his home studios in northern New Jersey.

Blues Revue magazine said of Sicilia's 2007 debut, "Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such a strong impression….a remarkable voice." Coupled with good management and a good booking agency, Sicilia should be touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe for years to come. And given the current paucity of truly good female blues singers, this would not be a bad thing. ~ Richard J. Skelly, Rovi
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Awesome!!!!! Just heard you on NPR and i had to find u on pandora.....
there are still blind people listenting to your colorful voice...unde r s t a n d that
...then you will have a bit left in the tank for redemption
don't let your beautiful voice lead you to your downfall. let your looks do it...
music is so much the fruit of life so have an orange people cause dis girl is pure sunshine! holla.
thanks to pandora i've found another great gal to listen tooooo!!!!!! !
Gina Sicilia is the greatest Sicilian singer of American blues. Absolutely great. How come everyone hasn't discovered her yet?
henryb3159
her voice is so infectious. she sings with such an old soul whice is a good thing. if i ever get to see her live i will be blessed once again to say i've seen a great performer who is living the dream which is great to see dreams come true even if their not yours because they are so few and far between. wa to go my dear. dont stop what your do Gina. Take Care. HB
drglo53
Great new (new to me) talent...lov e her style! Found her here on Pandora...
henryb3159
NICEE It's refreshing to see new Blues Talent being discovered. Thanks to Pandora I've discovered so much great music HB
Love the strength in her voice. It is as rich, smooth and full as a perfect cup of expresso!
reminds me of my youth listening to Janis Jolpin
jkeating67
I like her. Reminds me of a lot of females you hear on American Idol, but a bit more polished. She is sexy and hot. I'd do her. Yea baby!
robertjrosso
I agree sugar....she reminds me of shemekia copeland in depth of her vocal ranges....
sugarxvenom
Wow..fantast i c voice.
Great bluses singer! Powerful voice. I first heard her here on Pandora. Immediately bought Allow Me To Confess. Great collection of songs. Keep up the good work playing artists like Gina Sicilia!

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